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Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership


Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership

119 E. Terrace Ave. Suite F Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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119 E. Terrace Ave. Suite F
AZ 86001
  • Communications/outreach
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Fire prevention education
  • Firewise Communities / Defensible space
  • Forest/ecosystem management
  • Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire
  • Local workforce capacity building
  • Monitoring/Assessment
  • Watershed protection/management

The Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership (GFFP) is a viable, respected, community-based organization that supports collaborative efforts and has been a leader in researching and demonstrating approaches to forest ecosystem restoration in the ponderosa pine forests surrounding Flagstaff, Arizona since 1996. GFFP is one of the longest standing forest restoration collaborative organizations in the country and has been recognized as a national model. Various organizations are represented within GFFP including academic; private; and municipal, state and federal agencies.

Our Vision:
To research and demonstrate the various approaches to forest ecosystem restoration in the ponderosa pine forests, our actions are based on improving the overall sustainability and resiliency of the forests in the greater Flagstaff area. Sustainable and resilient forests are those that have the capacity to recover to pre-disturbance composition, structure, and/or function over time and can be maintained for future generations of forest users. As GFFP works towards future sustainability and resiliency of our forests and communities, our efforts focus on: 1) multi-agency planning and coordinated and complimentary implementation of forest restoration projects, 2) monitoring and adaptive management, 3) utilization of woody biomass, and 4) outreach and education.

Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project (FWPP)

FWPP is a partnership effort between the City of Flagstaff, the State of Arizona and Coconino National Forest to reduce the likelihood of severe wildfire and devastating post-fire flooding in two critical watersheds. GFFP has contracted with the City of Flagstaff to work on various aspects within the FWPP in four broad areas: public engagement, monitoring, financial leverage and project management.

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Four Forest Restoration Initiative

GFFP regularly participates in the 4FRI stakeholder group and, through our work and grants received, has made a substantial contribution to increasing capacity and funding toward the Initiative. GFFP continues to work with 4FRI’s Multi-Party Monitoring Board to plan and conduct projects like songbird, forest structure and vegetation inventories. GFFP secured two grants from Coconino County and AZ Dept. of Forestry and Fire Management to support an economic monitoring program to analyze the regional economic contributions of 4FRI-related projects.

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Forest Thinning Cost Share Program

GFFP completed work last fall on 325 acres in Ft. Tuthill County Fairgrounds that was funded by a Wildland Fire/Hazardous Fuel (WFHF) grant. The Partnership has been awarded another WFHF grant this year to conduct treatments on private parcels in Hart Prairie, at The Nature Conservancy Preserve, and on Flagstaff Unified School District and County land located off of Hwy 180. GFFP has partnered with the Natural Resources Conservation Service on a Conservation Implementation Strategy that paves the way to apply for funding for treatments on private, state and municipal lands. Since 2004, the cost share program has resulted in total funding of upwards of $1.4 million that has been distributed to property owners to treat approximately 3,000 acres of land.

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